Description The Buddha's hand gesture, or mudra, is called dharma-chakra. It reveals the Buddha to be preaching a sermon in which he explains the four Noble Truths of human existence and the path to enlightenment. Many sculptures of this type were created in the Gandharan region of present-day Pakistan. This region had fallen under the control of Alexander the Great during his conquest in the 4th century BC, and the sculptors there were greatly influenced by Greco-Roman artistic traditions.
- Unearthly Elegance: Buddhist Art from the Griswold Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
Provenance Alexander B. Griswold, Monkton, [presented to the Breezewood Foundation]; Walters Art Museum, 1992, by bequest.
Credit Bequest of A. B. Griswold, 1992
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